The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature National Book Award winner Jaimy Gordon on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

In addition, Gordon will participate in a question-and-answer session on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 3:30 p.m. in the Herrick Room on the second floor of the DeWittCenter.

The public is invited to both events. Admission is free.

Gordon's fourth novel, "Lord of Misrule," won the prestigious 2010 National Book Award for fiction. "Lord of Misrule" captures the dusty, dark, and beautiful world of small-time horse racing, where trainers, jockeys, grooms and grifters vie for what little luck is offered at a run-down West Virginia track. Gordon's short story, '"A Night's Work,'" which shares a number of characters with her novel, "Lord of Misrule," appeared in Best American Short Stories 1995.

Gordon graduated from Antioch College, and received her Doctor of Arts from BrownUniversity. She has lived in Southern California and West Virginia, and was Writer-in-Residence with the Rhode Island Council on the Arts. Gordon has taught at BrownUniversity, Roger Williams College and Eastern Washington State College.

Gordon's second novel, "She Drove Without Stopping," brought her an Academy-Institute Award for her fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her third novel, "Bogeywoman," was on the "Los Angeles Times" Best Books List for 2000, as well as on Context's booksellers' list of the Most Important Works of Fiction published that year.

Gordon currently teaches at Western Michigan University and in the Prague Summer Program for Writers.

Additional information about the Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series may be obtained online by going to

A performance by a Hope jazz group will precede the reading beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The DeWitt Center is located at 141 E. 12th St., facing Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.